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A Case Study Of The Evolution Of The Engineering Design Graphics Program At East Tennessee State University: From Part To Art

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2005 Annual Conference


Portland, Oregon

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June 12, 2005

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June 12, 2005

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June 15, 2005



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Teaching Strategies in Graphics

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10.14.1 - 10.14.12



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Primus Tillman

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Keith Johnson

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A case study of the evolution of the Engineering Design Graphics Program at East Tennessee State University: from Art to Part

Keith V. Johnson, and Primus Tillman East Tennessee State University


This paper presents a model, case study, and prototypical example of how a major educational

institution evolves from splintered, specialized, interdisciplinary fields of study, in which each

major area develops independently of other related areas, to a unified, focused, all-encompassing

field of study in which all areas develop as interdependent technologies. This paper will discuss

the evolution, challenges, and opportunities for educational institutions that desire to transform a

traditional engineering design graphics (EDG) program into a digital media program.


The Engineering Design Graphics (EDG) program at East Tennessee State University was

historically a major component of the Department of Technology. However, relatively few

students were pursuing technology degrees, and the majority of students in the department were

from other disciplines. Therefore, the goal was to transform EDG into a major service area

within the Department of Technology. In 1995, the department consisted solely of rudimentary

(CAD) software for use by Electronics Engineering Technology, Manufacturing Engineering

Technology, and Construction Engineering Technology. But the Department of Technology has

a vision of where EDG could go. That vision was to take the program from a product design

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Tillman, P., & Johnson, K. (2005, June), A Case Study Of The Evolution Of The Engineering Design Graphics Program At East Tennessee State University: From Part To Art Paper presented at 2005 Annual Conference, Portland, Oregon. 10.18260/1-2--15387

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